But a series of court cases in the past two months shows that the right of lesbian and gay people to be recognized as parents is still very much open to challenge—and one legal expert says the challenges will increase. Challenges to lesbian and gay parental rights usually fall into one of three categories: challenges to adoptions and court orders—usually when one parent seeks to block the rights of the other parent after their relationship ends; challenges to parental rights based on marriage or civil union status; and challenges by some states to parental rights established by other states. While the first two types tend to be limited to state courts, the last may move into federal court jurisdiction. Challenges to adoptions and court orders Most cases in the past several years involving lesbian and gay parents have been custody battles emerging from the break-up of a relationship. Typically, the biological parent challenges the rights of the non-biological parent who has not secured legal parentage through a second-parent adoption or court order. The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments Feb.
LGBT adoption in the United States
Research has shown that there were no significant differences between children raised in gay households and those in opposite-sex households. However, researchers find there are many benefits of same-sex parenting. In fact, gay parenting offers opportunities for children to learn tolerance and skills for dealing with adversity. When a gay individual or couple decides to become parents, it is a motivated, conscious decision. Adoption or fostering is an option for some gay adults. However, there are those who wish to have a child with a biological connection, and surrogacy is a viable option. When it comes to raising children, a study focusing on two-father households where both are working shows that they rely on childcare facilities, babysitters, housekeepers or relatives for support, just like opposite-sex families do.
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LGBTQ parents face 'state-sanctioned discrimination,' American Bar Association says
A woman who allegedly fled the United States for Nicaragua in rather than share custody of her child with her former same-sex partner has been arrested in Miami. Federal court records say that Lisa Miller was taken into federal custody Jan. She is awaiting transfer to Buffalo, New York, where she was indicted in on international parental kidnapping charges.
The judge who wrote the decision upholding gay-marriage bans in four Midwest states gave at least some same-sex couples a shout-out last fall, even while ruling against them. His ruling is being appealed to the Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments next Tuesday April Dozens of briefs submitted to the court cite scores of scientific studies on the subject. Some show that children raised in same-sex households fare no worse than those raised by mothers and fathers. Others say the differences are stark in areas ranging from emotional development to high school graduation rates and success at work.